KUALA LUMPUR, April 10 — For the first time, the Malaysian Army intends to enlist women as commandos in its Special Forces Regiment to further strengthen the outfit.

Army Chief General Tan Sri Zulkiple Kassim said it was among the efforts to expand the role of women in the army.

“If we ask women, they are willing (to undergo commando training), but we as an organisation need to study the matter,” he told reporters after launching a book on the history of women’s involvement in the military since 1965 entitled ‘Srikandi Tentera Darat’ here today.

Earlier, Zulkiple held a dialogue session and meeting with more than 500 Army women officers, staff and veterans.

Meanwhile, Army Women Affairs Committee chairman Brigadier General S. Suriakala said it was a good proposal and the committee fully supported it. — Bernama